"It's the busiest day of the year": Nurses, firefighters warn of firework safety
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- University of Arizona Medical Center trauma nurse Dan Judkins has seen the worst of it -- bad burns and intense blast injuries. In fact, his own sister lost vision in one of her eyes after a fireworks accident years ago. He says the July 4 holiday is one of the busiest days for E.R. workers.
"All of the beds are full in the emergency department, all of the trauma beds are full, we've got more ambulances sitting here than we have parking places. We're already swamped right now and it keeps coming and it keeps coming," Judkins said.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nationally, E.R.'s treat 10,000 people a year for fireworks related injuries. A whopping 6,000 of those incidents happen on July 4.
"It is the busiest day of the year for the fire service when it comes to fires themselves and a good majority of those are set by fireworks," Tucson Fire Department Capt. Barrett Baker told 9OYS.
"I mean fireworks at the end of the day are explosives," Baker added.